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PhD-student (m/f) in mitochondrial architecture and dynamics in Drosophila melanogaster

Workscope: Research Associate

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The Research Group Mitochondrial Structure and Dynamics (head: Prof. Stefan Jakobs) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and at the University of Göttingen has an open position for
one PhD-student (m/f) in mitochondrial architecture and dynamics in Drosophila melanogaster
Who we are:
The research at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen encompasses a wide spectrum of scientific topics and techniques. Of central concern are the mechanisms by which cells, organelles and biomolecules fulfill their manifold tasks. Ultra-high-resolution microscopy, nanotechnology, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and computer simulation are employed to delve ever-further into the nanocosmos of living cells.
The research group Mitochondrial Structure and Dynamics is investigating the mechanisms by which inner-mitochondrial architecture is determined and maintained. We are using a wide variety of experimental approaches that include molecular and biochemical tools, in particular electron and advanced super-resolution light microscopy, as well as live-cell imaging microscopy. Our group offers an outstanding and unique scientific setting with lot of individual freedom and possibilities for individual development as well as a vibrant working environment.
Who you are:
You are a highly motivated and curiosity driven biologist/biochemist/biophysicist who wants to work in a multidisciplinary team of physicists, chemists and biologists on the cell biology of mitochondria. You should hold an excellent university degree in biology, biochemistry, biophysics or a related discipline. Knowledge of (super‑resolution) light microscopy and/or molecular biology and cell biology is of advantage. Knowledge and experience in working with Drosophila is a requirement for this project.
What your project will be about:
You will work on mitochondrial architecture and mitochondrial dynamics in the fly Drosophila melanogaster . This is a challenging project at the forefront of mitochondrial research in flies. The project will encompass fly genetics, molecular biology and live-cell super-resolution microscopy.
The Max Planck Society is trying to increase the percentage of women on its scientific staff and strongly encourages applications from qualified women. It is also committed to employing more disabled persons and especially encourages them to apply.
Please send your application by E-mail (as a single PDF, not more than 5 MB) and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions regarding the project and position.
Important note: the applicant must be able to come to Göttingen for a personal interview.
Please send inquiries and applications to
Dr. Peter Ilgen
Email: pilgen@gwdg.de
Schnorrenberg et al. (2016), eLIFE 5, e15567
Ratz et al. (2015), Scientific Reports 5, pp: 9592
Grotjohann et al. (2011), Nature 478, (7368), 204-208

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How to apply:
E-mail only (as a single PDF, not more than 5 MB)
Send application to
Dr. Peter Ilgen
Email: pilgen@gwdg.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
37077 Göttingen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences